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"The sale totaled $691.5 million"

NYTimes: At $142.4 Million, Triptych Is the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold at an Auction
It took seven superrich bidders to propel a 1969 Francis Bacon triptych to $142.4 million at Christie’s on Tuesday night, making it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. William Acquavella, the New York dealer, is thought to have bought the painting on behalf of an unidentified client, from one of Christie’s skyboxes overlooking the auction.
[more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 25, 2013 - 45 comments

The third act in the triple-fucking of ordinary people by Wall Street

Looting the Pension Funds: All across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers. By Matt Taibbi. [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Sep 26, 2013 - 46 comments

From the Oakland Hills to the Bubble’s Epicenter

First the Bubble. Then the Short. Now the Long.
Some neighborhoods in Oakland are as devastated as any of the worst hit regions across America — Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix. Now the morphing of the housing bust and foreclosure epidemic into a lucrative multi-billion dollar opportunity for major investors is also uncannily centered upon Oakland and the greater Bay Area, where companies flush with hedge fund cash are buying up homes by the thousands. The entire sweep of the US housing bubble, financial crisis, and foreclosure wave can therefore be told by looking at persons and companies with intimate links to Oakland and the Bay Area. What follows is one account.

posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 11, 2012 - 41 comments

“PHILOSOPSHY”

Kevin Roose of Nymag.com posted about a brand new North Carolinian hedge fund that seemed less than impressive. The fund then started to use a sarcastic quote from Kevin's post as a kind of ringing endorsement on their website. Uh oh.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 6, 2012 - 43 comments

The Big Split: Why the hedge fund world loved Obama in 2008—and viscerally despises him today.

If you’re elected president,” asked one guest at a 2007 hedge fund managers event for Obama, “what will you do to the taxes on the people in this room?” “I’ll raise them,” Obama fired back. The managers, who share social circles and an educational background with Obama, approved of his style. These days, however, the bloom is off the rose. In The Big Split, Alec MacGillis investigates the souring of a 20 year relationship between Democrats and high finance, and surmises that it's the administration's rhetoric more than its policy that has upset the masters of the financial universe.
posted by the mad poster! on Mar 23, 2012 - 83 comments

I'm writing this in hopes that the OWS movement can have a better understanding of the hedge fund industry and the financial markets.

I work in Wall Street and work in hedge fund analysis. I'm the only person in my office who supports OWS.
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 30, 2011 - 66 comments

Australia's own Madoff affair?

An Australian Madoff? Trio Capital, an Australian fund manager, has been ordered to wind up its funds after being unable to account for $123 million in its Astarra fund since investigations began in October. The fund "has a total of $426 million under management - including superannuation savings of about 10,000 Australians." Some worry what this means for more potential frauds in Australia's "privatized social security." [more inside]
posted by FuManchu on Mar 21, 2010 - 10 comments

The Pirate Pose

Hilarious and incisive piece by Tom Wolfe about (pre-Crisis) hedge fund managers, tensions between old and new money in Greenwich, on Park Ave., etc.
posted by VicNebulous on Mar 13, 2009 - 20 comments

Cramer vs. Cramer

How to manipulate the market. (SLYT)
posted by ryoshu on Mar 11, 2009 - 64 comments

Madoff Securities: Quality Executions and Service Through Innovative Technology

Wall Street legend Bernard Madoff arrested over '$50 billion Ponzi scheme'. His company's website has a court announcement on the front page, but you can still find the old promises inside.
posted by 445supermag on Dec 12, 2008 - 85 comments

Andrew Lahde's goodbye letter

Retiring hedge fund manager Andrew Lahde: "All of this behavior supporting the Aristocracy, only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America."
posted by finite on Oct 17, 2008 - 37 comments

"Putting your money where our mouth is."

Strategery is a unique hedge fund.
posted by infini on Oct 3, 2008 - 25 comments

Interview with a Hedge Fund Manager

n+1: Is this your actual office? It’s so small.
HFM: Yes. I don’t actually spend much time in here, I have a desk out on the trading floor so this is just for, you know, meetings or phone calls I can’t take out of the desk, or interviews with literary magazines that I do every Wednesday at 4pm. [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Apr 8, 2008 - 19 comments

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